Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
September 16th

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1224*During an extended period of prayer and fasting, St. Francis of Assisi, 42, received the stigmata (crucifixion scars of Christ) on Mount Alvernia, in Italy. Francis, the founder of the Franciscans in 1209, has been called by some the greatest of all the Christian saints.Ref: 5
1620*After two false starts, The "Mayflower" set sail from Plymouth, England under Captain Myles Standish, bound for the New World. On board were 48 crew members and 101 colonists (including 35 Separatists from Leiden, Holland, known afterward as the Pilgrims). During the three-month voyage, two passengers died and two babies were born. (TWA, 1964)Ref: 95
1630*The Massachusetts village of Shawmut changed its name to Boston.Ref: 70
1668*King John Casimer V of Poland abdicates the throne.Ref: 2
1692*(Salem Witch Trials) Giles Corey refuses to stand trial, so the Court of Oyer and Terminer orders the sheriff to pile rocks on him.Ref: 21
1735*(Zenger) The Common Council of New York grants Andrew Hamilton (John Peter Zenger's lawyer) "the Freedom of the City" for his "learned and generous defense of the rights of mankind."Ref: 87
1782*The Great Seal of the United States was used for 1st time.Ref: 5
1783*Simon Kenton's Virginia family begins their migration to Bull Run Mountain, KY, at Simon's urging.Ref: 58
1824*Charles X succeeds Louis XVIII.Ref: 10
1850*Slave trade forbidden in District of Columbia.Ref: 10
1858*First overland mail for California.Ref: 5
1893*Hundreds of thousands of settlers swarmed onto a section of land in Oklahoma known as the "Cherokee Strip."Ref: 70
1908*General Motors was founded on this day. The man responsible for the beginning of the huge auto-manufacturing company (maker of Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Chevrolet) was William Crapo ‘Billy’ Durant.Ref: 4
1915*US takes control of customs & finances of Haiti for 10 years.Ref: 5
1919*The American Legion is incorporated by an act of Congress.Ref: 70
1920*Boda detonates a horse-and-buggy bomb at the corner of Wall and Broad streets in Manhattan causing thirty deaths, over 200 injuries, and $2 million in property damage. The bomb is revenge for the prosecution of Sacco and Vanzetti.Ref: 87
1924*John Dillinger begins serving his sentence at the Michigan City IN State Prison for a botched robbery attempt of a grocer in his hometown of Mooresville IN.Ref: 42
1925*(Sweet) A three-day preliminary hearing begins in Recorder's Court on St. Antoine Street.Ref: 87
1927*Rene Lacoste beats Bill Tilden for US Lawn Tennis Assn title.Ref: 5
1930*Phillies trailing 10-5, score 5 in 9th, then Pirates score 4 in top of 10th, so Phillies score 5 in bottom of 10th to win 15-14.Ref: 5
1934*Anti-Nazi Lutherans stage protest in Munich.Ref: 2
1940*Sam Rayburn of TX became Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rayburn served as Speaker for 17 years.Ref: 4
1940*President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act, which set up the first peacetime military draft in U.S. history.Ref: 70
1944*S-50 enrichment plant begins partial operation at Oak Ridge, but leaks prevent substantial output.Ref: 91
1945*Barometric pressure at 856 mb (25.55") off Okinawa (record low).Ref: 5
1958*The first delivery of F-104 Starfighters to Taiwan is announced in 1958.Ref: 50
1963 Malaysia formed from Malaya, Singapore, Br. N. Borneo & Sarawak.Ref: 5
1971*6 Klansmen arrested in connection with bombing of 10 school buses.Ref: 5
1974*BART begins regular transbay service.Ref: 5
1975*Administrators for Rhodes Scholarships announce the decision to begin offering fellowships to women.Ref: 2
1975*Papua New Guinea gains independence from Australia (National Day).Ref: 5
1976*In Minneapolis, the 65th Triennial General Convention of the Episcopal Church officially approved ordination of women to the priesthood.Ref: 5
1977*Maria Callas, the American-born prima donna famed for her lyric soprano and fiery temperament, died in Paris at age 53.Ref: 70
1978*Yanks beat Red Sox for 6th time in 2 weeks, 3-2.Ref: 5
1987 Two dozen countries signed the Montreal Protocol, a treaty designed to save the Earth's ozone layer by calling on nations to reduce emissions of harmful chemicals by the year 2000.Ref: 70
1987*Pope John Paul II celebrates Mass at Dodger Stadium.Ref: 86
1990*101 year old Sam Ackerman weds 95 year old Eva in New Rochelle NY.Ref: 5
1991*US trial of Panamanian leader Noriega begins.Ref: 5
1993 A judge in Berlin convicts three elderly former Communist leaders in the shooting deaths of East Germans who had tried to scale the Berlin Wall. (XDG, p 4A, 9/16/2003)Ref: 83
1998*In his first news conference since the release of Kenneth Starr's graphic report, President Clinton said he'd told "the essential truth" about his affair with Monica Lewinsky; as for whether he might resign, Clinton responded that "Americans want me to go on". (XDG, p 4A, 9/16/2003)Ref: 83
1998*House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde, responding to a report in an Internet publication, Salon Magazine, admitted to "indiscretions" with a woman in the 1960s at a time when both were married. (XDG, p 4A, 9/16/2003)Ref: 83
1998*Microsoft passes GE to become America's biggest company with a market value of $262 billion.Ref: 10
2002*UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan announces that Iraq had unconditionally accepted the return of UN weapons inspectors. (XDG, p 4A, 9/16/2003)Ref: 83
2003*Robert F Kennedy Jr will headline a quartet of speakers slated for the 13th annual Westheimer Peace Symposium, October 29th at Wilmington College, according to the Xenia Daily Gazette. (XDG, p 12A, 9/16/2003)Ref: 83
2003*(Grasso) Four top pension funds call for NYSE Chairman Dick Grasso's resignation. (WSJ, p 1, 9/18/2003)Ref: 33
1662*Flamsteed sees solar eclipse, first known astronomical observation in the New World.Ref: 5
1857*Typesetting machine patent.Ref: 5
1859*David Livingston discovers Lake Nyasa.Ref: 10
1943*Albert Hoffman's first LSD experienceRef: 62
1987*NASA launches space vehicle S-209.Ref: 5
1747*The French capture Bergen-op-Zoom, consolidating their occupation of Austrian Flanders in the Netherlands.Ref: 2
1795*British capture Capetown.Ref: 5
1810 Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic priest, launches the Mexican War of Independence with the issuing of his Grito de Dolores, or "Cry of Delores." Mexico gains independence in 1821. (XDG, p 4A, 9/16/2000)Ref: 83
1862*Gen Bragg's army surrounds 4000 federals at Munfordville, KY.Ref: 5
1864*Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest leads 4,500 men out of Verona, Miss. to harass Union outposts in northern AL and TN.Ref: 2
1917*Russia proclaimed a republic by Kerensky.Ref: 38
1939*The first transatlantic convoy of the war, HX-1, sails from Halifax, Canada, escorted by RCN destroyers Saguenay and St. Laurent for 350 miles at sea; Convoy HX-1, the first east-bound transatlantic convoy of the war, sails from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, with escorts RCN destroyers St. Laurent and Saguenay. 
1942*The Japanese base at Kiska in the Aleutian Islands is raided by American bombers.Ref: 2
1945*Japan surrenders Hong Kong to Britain.Ref: 2
1950*The U.S. 8th Army breaks out of the Pusan Perimeter in South Korea and begins heading north to meet MacArthur's troops heading south from Inchon.Ref: 2
1972*South Vietnamese troops recapture Quang Tri province in South Vietnam from the North Vietnamese Army.Ref: 2
1974*Limited amnesty is offered to Vietnam-era draft resisters who would now swear allegiance to the United States and perform two years of public service.Ref: 2
1883*Tommy Burns and Ned Williamson of the National League's Chicago White Stockings both score three runs in the seventh inning to establish a major league record which still stands today.Ref: 1
1885 Puritan (US) beats Genesta (England) in 6th running of America's Cup.Ref: 5
1914*At the age of 23, Roger Peckinpaugh is hired as the manager of the Yankees to finish the season.Ref: 1
1924*Jim Bottomley goes 6-for-6, including two homers, and bats in a record twelve runs as the Cardinals beat the Dodgers, 17-3; the previous mark of 11 RBIs in one game was established in 1892 by today's opposing Dodger manager, Wilbert Robinson .Ref: 1
1926*St Louis Cards beat Phillies 23-3.Ref: 5
1938*George E.T. Eyston sets world auto speed record at 357.5 MPH.Ref: 5
1939*Yanks clinch pennant #11.Ref: 5
1947*John Cobb sets world auto speed record at 394.2 MPH.Ref: 5
1948*Joe DiMaggio hits his 300th career HR joining Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, Rogers Hornsby, Chuck Klein and Hank Greenberg as the only major leaguers to reach this milestone.Ref: 1
1950*Cleveland Rams (formerly AAFC) play first NFL game, beat Phila. 35-10).Ref: 5
1951*Betsy Rawls wins the US Women's Open Golf title.Ref: 5
1952*Pacific Coast League's Sacramento manager, former major league all-star second baseman Joe Gordon, pinch hits homers in both ends of a doubleheader. The first one, a grand slam, wins the game, 4-1.Ref: 1
1953*The St. Louis Browns of the American League were given the OK to move to Baltimore, MD, where they became the Baltimore Orioles.Ref: 4
1955*Bauer & Berra homer in the 9th beating Red Sox 5-4 taking over first.Ref: 5
1955*US Auto Club forms to oversee 4 major auto racing categories.Ref: 5
1960*Amos Alonzo Stagg announced his retirement from football coaching. He was 98 years old at the time!Ref: 4
1960*At the age of thirty-nine, Warren Spahn pitches a no-hitter beating the Phillies 4-0; the crafty lefty sets an all-time Braves record with 15 strikeouts.Ref: 1
1965*At Fenway Park, Red Sox Dave Morehead pitches a 2-0 no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians.Ref: 1
1968*Umpires Al Salerno and Bill Valentine are fired by American League President Joe Cronin. The men in blue claim the dismissals are due to their efforts organizing a union.Ref: 1
1972*In an 18-5 victory over the Mets, Cub infielder Glen Beckert goes 0-for-6 and sets a record by leaving 12 men on base.Ref: 1
1972*Phillies' rookie third baseman Mike Schmidt hits his first career home run breaking Expo's Balor Moore's 25 consecutive scoreless inning streak.Ref: 1
1973*Buffalo Bill OJ Simpson rushes 250 yards (2 TDs), beating NE Pats 31-13.Ref: 5
1975*Pirate Rennie Stennett ties a major league mark established in 1892 going 7-for-7 in a nine-inning game. He gets two hits in one inning (1st and 5th) twice; the game is the most one-sided shutout since 1900, as the Bucs crush the Cubs at Wrigley Field, 22-0.Ref: 1
1979*At Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers hold Catfish Hunter Day to honor their future Hall of Fame pitcher who will be retiring at the end of the season at the age of 33. A 20-year-old left-hander named Dave Righetti makes his major league debut for the home town team.Ref: 1
1981*Boxer ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard, at age 25, KO's Thomas ‘The Hit Man’ Hearns. Leonard won the welterweight boxing championship -- and the richest payday in boxing history.Ref: 4
1987*Stealing his 30th base, a career-high, Indian Joe Carter becomes the ninth major leaguer to hit 30 home runs and to swipe 30 bases in the same season.Ref: 1
1988*Reds' Tom Browning pitches a perfect game against the Dodgers striking out eight and allowing only eight balls to be hit out of the infield in his 1-0 victory. Over three starts including the perfect game he retires 40 consecutive batters one shy of a major league record.Ref: 1
1993*At the age of 41, Twins' Dave Winfield becomes the 19th major leaguer to collect 3000 hits as he singles to left off A's ace Dennis Eckersley in a 5-1 home victory over Oakland.Ref: 1
1996*A fifth inning triple off of Royal pitcher Jose Rosado makes Twins Paul Molitor the 21st player to attain 3000th career hits and he will become the first MLer to accomplish this milestone in the same season in which he also collects 200 hits; it is the first time a three-bagger is a career 3000th hit.Ref: 1
1997*Phillie Curt Schilling whiffs nine Mets becoming the thirteenth player in major league history since 1900 to record 300 strikeouts in a season .Ref: 1
1998*For only the 30th time in major league history and the 12th time it has been done consecutively, four batters strike out in one inning. Thanks to Randy Knorr's passed ball, Marlin rookie Kirt Ojala accomplishes the feat in the fourth inning of the Marlins' 3-2 defeat to the Expos.Ref: 1
1998*With homers in four straight at-bats and five in two games, Cleveland's Manny Ramirez ties a major league record; the Indian right fielder, who homered in his final three at-bats last night, goes deep off of Twin Bob Tewksbury in the first and takes 3-2 pitch to left in the fifth for his fifth homer in six at-bats.Ref: 1
1998*Tom Gordon ties Jose Mesa's major league 1995 single-season record with his 38th consecutive save and sets a Red Sox mark with his 41st save of the season as Boston defeats the Orioles, 4-3.Ref: 1
1998*In front of 49,891 patrons at San Diego's Jack Murphy Stadium, Sammy Sosa ties Mark McGwire by hitting his record-setting 63rd home run. The 434-foot eighth inning two-out blast off Brian Boehringer is a tie-breaking grand slam as 'Slammin' Sammy collects all six RBIs as the Cubs beat the Padres, 6-3.Ref: 1
2000*In a 7-6 loss at St. Louis, Chicago Cub Sammy Sosa joins Mark McGwire and Babe Ruth as the only players in big-league history with more than two 50-homer seasons.Ref: 86
2002*Diamondback righty Curt Schilling K's his 300th victim to join Randy Johnson in becoming the first teammates to each strike out at least 300 batters in the same season.Ref: 1
2002*Giant left fielder Barry Bonds walks three times breaking his own record for base on balls in a season with 178. Approximately one-third of the free passes given to the San Francisco slugger have been intentional (60 out of 178) .Ref: 1
1789*Jean-Paul Marat sets up a new newspaper in France, L'Ami du Peuple.Ref: 2
1920*Enrico Caruso made his last recording for Victor Records in Camden, NJ.Ref: 4
1938*Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded the swing classic Boogie Woogie for Victor Records.Ref: 4
1941 CBS radio debuted The Arkansas Traveler. The program was later renamed The Bob Burns Show.Ref: 4
1949 Chuck Jones' "Fast and Furry-ous" released. It was the first Roadrunner vs. Wile E. Coyote cartoon.Ref: 73
1962*Public TV channel 13 begins in NYC.Ref: 5
1963*She Loves You was recorded by The Beatles the Swan label. It was the first record recorded by The Beatles; but the second single by the ‘Fab Four’ to hit #1. I Want to Hold Your Hand, was the group’s first #1 song and million seller (on Capitol). It beat She Loves You to the top spot by just a few weeks. Other Beatles hits were also recorded on Capitol (Capitol had rejected She Loves You) and Swan labels; but the Beatles liked variety -- so add these record companies to the Beatles list of recording labels: Vee-Jay, MGM, Tollie, United Artists, Atco, E.M.I., Parlaphone and Apple.Ref: 4
1963*"Outer Limits" premiers on ABC-TV.Ref: 5
1964*Shindig premiered on ABC-TV. The program had go-go girls and the biggest rock bands of the day in a dance party environment. Regulars were Jimmie O’Neill and the Shindig Dancers. The first show featured Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, The Righteous Brothers, The Wellingtons, Bobby Sherman and comic Alan Sues.Ref: 4
1965*San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral became the site of the first concert of sacred music presented by Duke Ellington.Ref: 4
1965*The Dean Martin Show debuted on NBC-TV. It was a weekly variety show that continued on the network for nine years. Regulars over the years were The Goldiggers, Ken Lane, The Ding-a-Ling Sisters, Tom Bosley, Dom DeLuise, Nipsey Russell, Rodney Dangerfield and Les Brown and His Band. The theme song? Everybody Loves Somebody.Ref: 4
1966*The Metropolitan Opera opened its new opera house at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.Ref: 70
1968*The Andy Griffith Show was seen for the final time on CBS-TV. Sheriff Andy Taylor (Griffith), Opie (Ron Howard), Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier), Barney Fife (Don Knotts), Goober Pyle (George Lindsey), Floyd Lawson (Howard McNear), and the rest of the gang from Mayberry, NC, are still seen regularly on TV through syndication.Ref: 4
1968*Richard Nixon appears on "Laugh-in".Ref: 5
1972*First TV series about mixed marriage-Bridgit Loves Bernie.Ref: 5
1972*Penny Marshall appears on the CBS-TV premier of The Bob Newhart Show in "Fly Unfriendly Skies".Ref: 5
1977*90 minute pilot of "Logan's Run" premiers on TV.Ref: 5
1977*Ringo releases "Drowning in the Sea of Love".Ref: 5
1983*Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes a US citizen.Ref: 5
1984*"Miami Vice" premiers.Ref: 5
1987*NY's WNET-TV channel 13 begins round the clock broadcasting.Ref: 5
1988*Jury awards Valerie Harper $1.6 M in dispute over TV series.Ref: 5
1989*Singer Natalie Cole marries record producer Andre Fisher.Ref: 5
1990*Dennis Quaid & Meg Ryan wed.Ref: 5
1990*Iraq televises an 8 minute uncensored speech from George Bush.Ref: 5
1990*Pirate Radio New York International begins transmissions on WWCR.Ref: 5
1387*Henry V king of England (1413-22), is born.Ref: 68
1638*Louis XIV [Sun King] king of France (1643-1715), is born.Ref: 5
1685*John Gay poet (Beggar's Opera), is born.Ref: 5
1797*Sir Anthony Panizzi Librarian at the British Museum, is born.Ref: 5
1804*Squire Whipple, American civil engineer, inventor and theoretician, is born.Ref: 70
1822*Charles S Crocker Pres of Central & South Pacific Railroad, is born.Ref: 5
1823*Francis Parkman American historian/author (Oregon Trail), is born.Ref: 5
1838*James Jerome Hill, who built a railroad empire in the American northwest, is born.Ref: 70
1853*Albrecht Kossel, German Nobel Prize-winning chemist (1910), is born.Ref: 70
1858*A Bonar Law (C) British PM (1922-23), is born.Ref: 5
1875*J.C. (James Cash) Penney merchant: founder: J.C. Penney Co.; is born.Ref: 4
1877*James J Jeans cosmologist/astrophysicist (Mysterious Universe), is born.Ref: 5
1880*Alfred Noyes England, poet (The Highwayman), is born.Ref: 5
1881*Clive Bell, English art critic, is born.Ref: 70
1885*Karen Horney, psychoanalyst who exposed the male bias in the Freudian analysis of women, is born.Ref: 2
1887*Nadia Boulanger Paris, music teacher (Lasir‚ne Ideology), is born.Ref: 5
1887*Jean Arp, French sculptor, painter and poetRef: 70
1888*Frans Sillanp, Finland, writer (Meek Heritage-Nobel 1939), is born.Ref: 5
1890*George Whitney Calhoun sportswriter: Green Bay Press Gazette; cofounder [w/Earl Curly Lambeau] of Green Bay Packers [Calhoun named the team], is born.Ref: 4
1891*Karl Doenitz, German Admiral who succeeded Hitler in governing Germany, is born.Ref: 2
1893*Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Hungary, biochemist who isolated vitamin C (Nobel 1937), is born.Ref: 17
1893*Earl Carroll, American theatrical producer and director, is born.Ref: 70
1893*Sir Alexander Korda, Hungarian-born English film director and producer, is born.Ref: 70
1895*Charles W Bidwill Sr Chicago, NFL hall of famer (Chicago Cardinals), is born.Ref: 5
1899*Hans Swarowsky Budapest Hungary, conductor (Graz Opera 1947-50), is born.Ref: 5
1901*Andre Joly Bunet France, figure skater pair (Olympic-gold-1928, 32), is born.Ref: 5
1906*Birth of J.B. Phillips, Anglican clergyman. Ordained in 1930, he wrote "Your God is Too Small" (1951), but is better remembered for his biblical paraphrase, "The New Testament in Modern English," first published in 1958.Ref: 5
1908*(Colonel) Buster ‘Bus’ Mills baseball: is born.Ref: 4
1911*Wilfred Burchett Australia, communist/writer (Catapult to Freedom), is born.Ref: 5
1912*Jerry Wald NYC, producer (Mildred Pierce, Johnny Belinda), is born.Ref: 5
1914*Allen Funt Bkln NY, TV host & creator (Candid Camera), is born.Ref: 5
1915*Cy Walter Minneapolis Mn, pianist (3's Company), is born.Ref: 5
1919*Marvin Middlemark inventor: rabbit ears TV antenna; is born.Ref: 4
1920*Franco Pandolfini Italy, water polo (Olympic-gold-1948), is born.Ref: 5
1922*Janis Paige (Donna Mae Tjaden), Tacoma Wash, actress (Lanigan's Rabbi, Trapper John MD), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Lauren Bacall (Betty Perske) actress: Key Largo, Applause, Woman of the Year, How to Marry a Millionaire, To Have and Have Not; married actor Humphrey Bogart, is born on Staten Island NY.Ref: 4
1924*Bess Myerson NY, Miss America 1945/shoplifter (or 0716), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Paddy Stone Winnipeg Manitoba, choreographer (Piccadilly Palace), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Nelson Benton journalist: CBS News; is born.Ref: 4
1925*B.B. (Riley B.) King musician, singer: The Thrill Is Gone, I Like to Live the Love, Rock Me Baby; appeared in films: Into the Night, Amazon Women of the Moon; Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award [1987], is born.Ref: 4
1925*Charlie Byrd guitarist (Desafinado), is born.Ref: 5
1925*Morgan Woodward actor: The Waltons, Dark Before Dawn, The Longest Drive, is born.Ref: 4
1926*John Knowles, writer (A Separate Peace), is born.Ref: 2
1926*Robert Schuller televangelist (Glass Cathedral), is born.Ref: 5
1927*Jack Kelly Astoria Queens, actor (Bart-Maverick, Get Christie Love), is born. (TWA, 1988)Ref: 95
1927*Peter Falk Ossining NY, actor (Colombo, Scared Straight), is born.Ref: 5
1930 Tony Trabert is born.Ref: 10
1932*Anne Francis, Ossining NY, actress (Honey West, Pancho Villa), is born.Ref: 5
1933*George Chakiris Norwood Ohio, actor (West Side Story), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Elgin Baylor NBA star (1958-59 Rookie of the Year-Lakers), is born.Ref: 5
1934*George Chakiris Academy Award-winning actor, dancer: West Side Story [1961]Ref: 68
1934*George Chakiris Academy Award-winning actor, dancer: West Side Story [1961]; Is Paris Burning, Dallas, is born.Ref: 4
1937*Aleksandr Medved USSR, super heavyweight (Olympic-gold-1964 68, 72), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Larry Grantham football: NY Jets linebacker: Super Bowl IIIRef: 4
1941*Jim McBride NYC, director/actor (Hot Times, Breathless, Big Easy), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Linda G Miller NYC, actress (Night of the Juggler, MS), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Bernie Calvert musician: bass: group: The Hollies, is born.Ref: 4
1944*Betty Kelly singer: group: Martha and the Vandellas: Dancing in the Street, is born.Ref: 4
1944*Ard Schenk Holland 1500m, 5K, 10K speed skater (Olympic-gold-1972), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Linda Henning actress: Petticoat Junction, is born.Ref: 4
1947*Lucius Allen NBA star (Milwaukee Bucks), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Russ Abbott, British TV comedian, is born.Ref: 5
1948*Rosemary Casals tennis player (US Open doubles 1967,71,74), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Kenny Jones musician: drums: group: Small Faces, Faces: Stay with Me; group: The Who, is born.Ref: 4
1949*Ed Begley Jr. actor: St. Elsewhere, Parenthood, She-Devil, The Applegates, The Accidental Tourist, The In-Laws, is born in Los Angeles CA.Ref: 68
1950*David Bellamy singer: duo: The Bellamy Brothers, is born.Ref: 4
1950*Susan Ruttan Oregon City Ore, actress (Roxanne-LA Law), is born. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1950*Henry Louis Gates Jr., critic and scholar.Ref: 2
1953*Mickey Rourke actor: Body Heat, Diner, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Year of the Dragon, Nine Weeks, Barfly, Angel Heart, Johnny Handsome, Wild Orchid, Harley Davidson & The Marlboro Man, is born.Ref: 4
1953*Jerry Pate Macon Ga, PGA golfer (US Open 1976, Canadian Open 1976), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Robin Yount Baseball Hall of Famer: Milwaukee Brewers outfielder, is born.Ref: 4
1956*David Copperfield (Kotkin) magician, illusionistRef: 4
1956*Anatoly Beloglazov USSR, 52 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic-gold-1980), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Kevin R Kregel NYC NY, Pilot/astronaut, is born.Ref: 5
1956*Sergei Beloglazov USSR, 57 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic-gold-1980), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Orel (Leonard Quinton) Hershiser baseball: pitcher: LA Dodgers [all-star: 1987, 1988, 1989/World Series: 1988/Cy Young Award: 1988], Cleveland Indians [World Series: 1995], is born.Ref: 4
1958*Jennifer Tilly LA CA, actress (Let it Ride, Off Beat, Psycho II), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Jennifer Tilly actress, is born.Ref: 4
1962*Kimberly McArthur, Fort Worth TX, playmate (January, 1982), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Richard Marx, Chicago IL, rocker (Hold on to the Night), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Molly Shannon actress: Saturday Night Live, is born.Ref: 4
1964*David Michael Sabo Perth Amboy NJ, rocker (Skid Row-Psycho Love), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Katy Kurtzman Wash DC, actress (Lindsay-Dynasty), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Kathi Wolfgram Minneapolis, rocker (Jets-You Got it All), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Charlie Fields Bkln NY, actor (Shannon), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Shalane McCall actor (Charlie Wade-Dallas), is born.Ref: 5
1976*Andres Javier Blazquez PR, singer (Menudo-Cannonball), is born.Ref: 5
655*St Martin dies, the pope who abdicated in 653, dies.Ref: 69
1498*(month and day speculative) Tomas de Torquemada inquisitor who burned 10,000 people, dies.Ref: 68
1670*Sir William Penn, English admiral and father of PA's founder, dies at age 49.Ref: 70
1672*Anne Bradstreet American poet, dies (birth date unknown).Ref: 5
1736*Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit physicist: developed system for cleaning mercury to keep it from sticking to glass; inventor: alcohol thermometer [1709], mercury thermometer [1714]; created measure of temperature which bears his name [1724]; dies.Ref: 4
1819*John Jeffries physician and one of America’s first weather forecasters: kept detailed records of weather conditions [1774-1816]; dies.Ref: 4
1824*Louis XVIII, King of France (1814-24), dies at age 68.Ref: 17
1874*Billy the Kid's mother, Catherine Antrim, dies after a short illness. Ref 
1889*Robert Younger, in Minnesota's Stillwater Penitentiary for life, dies of tuberculosis. Brothers Cole and Bob remain in the prison.Ref: 2
1911*Edward Whymper, arctic explorer, English artist and mountaineer; first man to climb the Matterhorn, dies at age 71.Ref: 68
1920*Thirty people are killed in a terrorist bombing in New York's Wall Street financial district.Ref: 2
1932*Sir Ronald Ross, British bacteriologist; won the Nobel prize in 1902, dies a age 75,Ref: 70
1945*John McCormack, Irish tenor, dies at age 61.Ref: 5
1946*Sir James Jeans, British physicist, astronomer, author, dies.Ref: 5
1951*Bill Klem, American/National League baseball umpire, dies at age 77.Ref: 5
1956*Bela Lugosi (Blasko) actor: Dracula, One Body Too Many, The Ghost of Frankenstein, Murders in the Rue Morgue, Night Monster, Chandu the Magician, The Ape Man, The Body Snatcher; dies at age 71.Ref: 68
1973*Frederic Meyer actor (Faraway Hill), dies at 63.Ref: 5
1977*Maria Callas (Calogeropoulous) singer: opera: dramatic soprano; dies in Paris at 53.Ref: 4
1977*Marc Bolan (Feld) singer: group: T. Rex: Bang a Gong; is killed in car crash.Ref: 4
1978*25,000 die in 7.7 earthquake in Tabas, Iran.Ref: 5
1982*The massacre of hundreds of Palestinian men, women and children by Lebanese Christian militiamen began in west Beirut's Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps.Ref: 70
1982*Rolfe Sedan actor, dies at 86Ref: 5
1987*Howard Moss, American poet/editor of The New Yorker, dies at age 65.Ref: 70
1992*Millicent Fenwick, (R-NJ) human rights activist dies at age 82.Ref: 4
1993*Willie Mosconi, American pocket billiards champion, dies at age 80. (TWA, 1994)Ref: 95
1996*Gene Nelson (Eugene Leander Berg) actor, dancer: Lullaby of Broadway, Oklahoma, Tea for Two, The West Point Story, The Atomic Man; dies.Ref: 4
1996*McGeorge Bundy, president of the Ford Foundation; Special Assistant for National Security Affairs under U.S. Presidents Kennedy and Johnson; dies in Boston at age 77.Ref: 4
1999*Hurricane Floyd stormed ashore, pounding North Carolina with 110 mph winds, dumping more than a foot of rain, damaging 12,000 homes and claiming more than 50 lives. Floyd also caused the largest peacetime evacuation in U.S. history, with 2.6 million people ordered away from the shores in the hurricane's path.Ref: 4
2001*Movie producer Samuel Z. Arkoff died in Burbank, CA at age 83. (XDG, p 4A, 9/16/2002)Ref: 83
2001*Eight cross-country runners from the University of Wyoming were killed when their SUV collided head-on with a pickup truck that swerved into their lane. (XDG, p 4A, 9/16/2002)Ref: 83
2002*James Gregory actor: The Manchurian Candidate, Barney Miller, PT 109, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Captain Newman, M.D.; dies.Ref: 4
2003*Sheb Wooley CMA comic of the Year [1968]; singer, songwriter: The Purple People Eater, Are You Satisfied, Hee Haw theme; actor: Rawhide, High Noon, Rocky Mountain, Giant, Hoosiers; dies.Ref: 4

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